One of the major health concerns of our generation is the increase in individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. With this trend comes a need for new systems of support and a concern for quality of care. Ongoing medical research includes not only treatments for the body and brain but also the importance of environmental design. Along with the medical profession, architects also have the ability to design environments that can positively effect the well-being of individuals, through careful attention to the particular sensorial needs of those with Alzheimer’s. This thesis proposes
utilizing sensory and spatial design research regarding Alzheimer’s disease to design a Haptic Retirement Residence for Alzheimer’s that will promote enhanced well-being. Although each individual is unique, the similarity of possessing the senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste provides a common departure point for design.